The Yankees had their chance at acquiring now Milwaukee Brewer Zack Greinke this week, but the asking price would have been their top prospect Jesus Montero, shortstop Eduardo Nunez, and at least one of top pitchers Manuel Banuelos or Dellin Betances, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
The Yankees never really showed strong interest in Greinke this offseason. They did contact the Royals at least once, but even at that point denied much interest. The point is that they were worried about Greinke’s past issues with social anxiety disorder. It’s impossible to say whether or not he could have made it in the Bronx, but they seemed to be stuck on is that the price tag was just too much for a potential disaster, no matter what the the possibilities are for the rotation.
At this point though the Yankees didn’t make the trade and only time will tell if it was worth hanging on to these prospects now. At this point though it does seem like a lot to give up. Montero is expected to be broken into the big leagues this year and might have a special bat. The Yankees seem value Nunez pretty highly and see him as a potential starter one day. Banuelos and Betances are their top two prospects coming off of tremendous years, who should be in the majors by 2012 and possibly even this year.
It’s also important to know that the Yankees and Royals never got into serious discussions. From what reporters are hearing this was the asking price, but we really don’t know that three of these players would have gotten the trade done. Perhaps this was just the start of a deal and the Royals would have expected even more. Their ultimate trade with the Brewers included six players after all.
So what do you think? Were the Yankees smart to hang-on to these prospects? Or were they foolish in not upgrading their rotation with Greinke?